We are surrounded with substances that can adversely affect your health. The pressures of modern highly interconnected living as well as the devastation of our climate are now being experienced by anyone. Doctors attribute these global events to the increase and spread of diseases.
Modern living exposes us to a greater risk of getting infected, some of which become full-blown epidemics and pandemics. The alarming thing is despite the advancements in antibiotics and other products that boost our immunity; harmful microorganisms still wreak havoc on millions of people.
Throughout history, pandemics have able to claim hundreds of millions of lives. The deadliest of all, known as the 1918 Spanish flu, took away about 50 million lives all over the world within a year.
The immune system
We are all exposed to microbes and pollution that can lead to Infections. To fight infections, we need to supercharge our Immune system. The task of the immune system is shielding the body from microbes or seek and destroy them.
The members of the immune system, like the rest of the organs in the body, needs to be regularly nurtured to be at its top condition. To achieve this function, you should adopt a lifestyle that helps boost your immunity from diseases.
But no matter how healthy your immune system, aging takes a toll on it. Aging slows down your body and its process. As such, seniors have increased chances of being infected as the response of their immune system against microorganisms become inefficient, which translates to a longer, or worse, ineffective healing process.
The elderly also have the tendency to acquire autoimmune disorder, a health condition in which the immune system has difficulty differentiating healthy body tissues from the infected ones. Their less responsive immune system may also result in a heightened susceptibility to cancer.
Aging is inevitable. One of the healthy preparations for this episode of life is to beef up your immunity from infections by doing the following measures:
- Focus on disease prevention. We can prevent most infections, especially sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, and other infections that you can get through sexual contact, by being engaging with other people or your environment more cautiously. One way to maintain a healthy living is by staying away from conditions and situations that potentially increase the risk of inflicting diseases.
- Get vaccinated. A regular dose of vaccination is crucial for strengthening your defenses. Doctors advise the seniors to get flu, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, shingles (herpes zoster), and tetanus vaccine shots.
- Consume immunity-boosting foods. Some foods have anti-microbial properties. Eat more vegetables including garlic, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, cauliflower, and chicken soup, as well as honey, tea, and yogurt. Meats such as beef and fish can also boost your immunity. You also have to lessen your sugar intake. Just make sure to ask your doctor’s advice about your diet changes.
- Stay active and fit. Exercise does plenty of benefits to your body, especially our immune system. Scientists found out a regular half-hour aerobic exercise allows the body to release white blood cells that are stuck in the blood vessels. White blood cells is the blood component that are responsible for protecting our body from the damages bacteria, virus and other microbes inflict. These cells are kept clinging to the walls of blood vessels and can only be set free by engaging in physical activities.
- Drink plenty of water. Taking in healthy amounts of water benefits your immune system. Water cleanses our internal organs and responsible for flushing out harmful body toxins and microbes through sweat, tears, urine, feces and other methods.
- Take in supplements. Oftentimes, the food we consume lacks the recommended amounts of essential nutrients that nourishes our immune system. Taking in supplements can fill in the loss of vitamins, minerals and other substances that fortifies our defenses against microbe infestation.
- Get enough sleep. Sleep is perhaps the most unacknowledged health- boosting activity. Its wide-ranging benefits extends to the immune system. More and more studies conclude that lack of sleep reduces the level of our T-cells, a white blood cell subtype. Experts recommends adults to get seven to eight hours of quality sleep to enhance or immune system.
- Manage stress. Stress burdens our body, including our immune system. A regular session of stress relieving activities and hobbies such as meditation, yoga, dancing, gardening, and owning pets can ease the “wear and tear” your body has experienced.
- Get adequate sunlight. Many research have found out that Vitamin D is crucial for boosting our immunity from infections. Doctors advise bathing on sunlight without sunscreen for 5-30 minutes at least twice a week.
Time and time again, we are infected by microbes that take an enormous toll on our health, happiness, and productivity. By doing these nine activities, we can strengthen your defense from ultra-tiny organisms that may result in incredibly huge damages in our body.
Ethan Wright is a health enthusiast who believes every great day begins with a good night sleep. He is currently a researcher and writer for Bedding Stock, an online retailer of gel memory foam mattress in the USA. When not wearing his writing hat, you will see him traveling to places with his journal.
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